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School Business Manager Award

Presented to an individual whose business leadership skills and commercial outlook have had a positive impact on the school’s budgeting and strategic decision making.

Presented to Sue Blackwell

After joining Wensley Fold Primary in Blackburn as an administration assistant in 1999, and later taking on the School Business manager role, Sue Blackwell has witnessed major change over the last quarter of a century. She has been instrumental in helping the school adapt to the pressures of becoming a two-form school and its transition to become an Academy in 2013, which brought with it major renovations to the site and a doubling of the pupil intake. She retires with the school in an outstanding condition.

2024 nominees

Duncan Marshall - St Edburg’s CE Primary School, Oxfordshire
Mark Barnes-Moran - Stansfield Hall Church of England | Methodist Church Primary School, Lancashire
Fran Hedges - Wootton Park School / Northampton Free Schools Trust
Jacqueline Dwyer - Stony Dean School, Buckinghamshire

2023: presented to Wayne Allsopp New College Leicester

Wayne Allsopp has introduced several new income strands which are now generating £500K in additional income each year. Key organisations like the NHS West Leicester Childrens Mental Health Team now lease office accommodation while an onsite Coffee Shop turns over £100k per year. Alongside the additional income through lettings and catering, Wayne is experienced at bringing in capital and revenue funding. To date, he has attracted over £11 million to improve facilities and opportunities for the students and the local community. New College Leicester is now over subscribed school and has recently increased admission to cope with the demand. Much of this success can be attributed to projects that Wayne has been instrumental in developing.

2023 Nominees
Louise Eames Wolvercote Primary School, Oxford
Sandra Sant Hawarden High School, Flintshire